November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016
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Pickle and cheese plate, potato leek soup, vegetable sandwich, and toasts. Photo courtesy of Waystone.

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Wine and beer at Waystone. Photo courtesy of Waystone.

Newly open at the Market, Taylor, and Golden Gate intersection—just next door to Popsons, Equator Coffee, and the Warfield—is ~WAYSTONE~, a new wine bar and lunch spot from Tom Patella and his wife, Alison. (He is Alvin Garcia’s partner at Causwells, and Garcia tipped him off when he noticed the space next to Popsons was available.) Patella admits he has a crazy wine list, with 40 by the glass, but the list is designed to be approachable and navigable, so enjoy. There are also 25 beers, and soon there will be 4 total on draft.

If you work in the area, you’ll want to come by for their sandwiches, soups, and salads, which range from a braised beef number to French jambon with Jarlsberg, arugula, Dijon, and butter on a soft roll, plus an abundant vegetarian sandwich. There’s a ploughman’s lunch, with cheeses, pickles, and bread, plus charcuterie from Pete’s Meats. Here’s the menu. Some heartier plates will be added for the evening, but for now, with this sunny weather, they’re talking about ceviches. The chef-partner is Billy Riordon, who has worked at La Mar and as a sous for David Wilcox when he was doing his pop-ups in the Bay Area. He was also at 21st Amendment and is behind the beer list at Waystone.

There’s a huge outdoor space with 22 seats, and there are 16 bar seats inside. Open daily 11:30am-10pm, and later hours will be coming soon for people to grab a bite and glass of something after shows at the Warfield. 992 Market St. at Taylor

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Decanters and wine bottles at Farallon. Photo courtesy of Farallon.

Wine lovers, you have two events that should get your attention, starting with ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~’s annual Beaujolais Bash on Thursday November 17th. Instead of pouring Beaujolais Nouveau, which is traditionally celebrated on the third Thursday of every November, this event is about showcasing Beaujolais’s potential. Look for notable producers to be poured, like Foillard, Lapierre, Dutraive, Bertrand, Balagny, Chamonard, Descombes, and Damien Coquelet. There will be 54 wines in all! The event is $35; they can do presale if customers want it, but advance purchase isn’t necessary. 5:30pm-8pm.

Oh, and pssst, mark your calendar for my favorite event at Arlequin each year, their Champagne Celebration, which will be on Thursday December 15th, 5pm-8pm, $75! See you there!

Meanwhile, ~FARALLON~ is busy gearing up for their 18th annual PinotFest. This year, there will be 58 of the West Coast’s top pinot noir producers featured. Come by Farallon for dinner and taste flights with a special tasting menu for the two weeks leading up to the PinotFest grand tasting on Saturday November 19th (3pm to 6pm). Winemakers from Au Bon Climat, Byron, Calera, Domaine Drouhin, Kosta Browne, Littorai, Merry Edwards, Siduri, Saintsbury, Williams Selyem, and many more will be there, plus plenty of pinot-friendly hors d’oeuvres from chef de cuisine Jason Ryczek. Tickets are $125; available online.